Childhood

"Safe!" New Art by Benjamin Hummel

He’s reaching to steal second. The pitch is low and inside, which most pitches tend to be at this level. The batter was told to swing regardless, to distract the catcher, while the runner on first waits for the sign from his coach… who happens to also be his dad. “He’s scratching his nose. Does…

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The Future of Children's Literature: The Story Behind the Art

This new piece, co-illustrated by both Benjamin Hummel and Cherish Flieder, tackles the question, what role does children’s literature have as we move full steam into the 21st century? We certainly live in a changing world. Book sales nationwide continue to drop–magazine and newspapers are going out of business left and right. We are in…

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Wipe Out: The Story Behind the Art

“Can I make this jump? Can I make this jump?” That was always the question as we would travel to hilly Eastern Colorado after a fresh snow for a fun-filled day of sledding and fellowship with friends and family. The right section of the hill carried a milder grade, while the far left was practically…

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Right Field: The Story Behind the Art

The phenomenon of little league sports can be pretty humorous at times. Attending many such outings with my younger brothers, there were always two or three (usually my siblings among them), who would find interest in anything other than the game in which they participated. It was easy to spot the casual player compared to…

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A Dragon Named Trouble

This piece was co-illustrated by Cherish Flieder and Benjamin Hummel according to their acclaimed Been Cherished style. The story is simple. There is a dragon named Trouble who would love to come inside the kingdom. So he makes his appeal to the children guarding the gate. The boy thinks he remembers this dragon being here…

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Barefoot Path: Right Field

“Right Field” by Benjamin Hummel was selected for the cover of Barefoot Path: Exploring childlike wonder and faith Spring 2005, Renewal The phenomenon of little league sports can be pretty humorous at times. Attending many such outings with my younger brothers, there were always two or three (usually my siblings among them), who would find…

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